Jonathan Males

I work best with people who are in tough jobs and are determined to do them better.

Jonathan’s background

Jonathan Males PhD has been a coach and consultant to a wide range of companies in the UK, the US and Australia since 1993. He draws on his rich experience at the very highest levels of sport; he represented Australia at four World Canoeing Championships, and has helped athletes and coaches prepare for the last seven Olympic Games including Rio 2016.

Jonathan established Performance1 to bring a fresh and deep approach to his work with leaders. His coaching draws on his sophisticated understanding of people and business, which helps his clients to perform at their best in a complex world. Jonathan has a calm and robust presence. His willingness and ability to “say the unsayable” quickly gets to the heart of a topic and enables leaders to productively confront, explore and re-frame the barriers that hold them back. The results are transformational.


He is often called to assist in the succession planning process to enable leaders to make key transitions, such as the move from CFO to CEO. This involves helping a leader take a broader view of their role, letting go of a functional speciality and embracing the whole business. Often this involves helping leaders to improve their self-awareness and to balance humility with confidence. He works best with senior leaders in challenging roles, who are open to learning. Jonathan also coaches senior executive teams and facilitates workshops to improve collaboration and create a high performance culture across business units.


Jonathan is accredited as an Executive Coach by the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS) and is an accredited Sport Psychologist. He gained a first class degree in Psychology from the University of Tasmania, and completed a PhD on the psychology of elite performance at Aberystwyth University.

His clients

Clients come from a wide range of industry sectors including law, investment management, insurance, real estate, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, oil and gas, local government.  Firms such as Pinsent Masons, MerckSerono, Barclays, JonesLangLasalle, ArcelorMittal, Axa Investment Management, and Paralympics GB as they prepared for Rio 2016.

Jonathan is the author of In the Flow, a book on performance psychology available here ( and writes regularly about his experience as a white-water kayaker, at

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